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of the democratic party. the former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. enterring the u.s. district courthouse with his wife to plowed guilty to federal charges. >> anything can you share today? >> reporter: this was one of the first public sightings of jackson since he disappeared from and resigned from congress last year, citing the treatment of bipolar disorder and he later admitted in court to using $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. court papers say that includes a rolex watch, hdtv, travel, meals, and memorabilia from shen rities like michael jackson -- celebrities like michael jackson. the lawyer claims bipolar disorder played a key role in jackson's crimes. >> he has serious health issues and we're going to talk with them extensively with the court and they're related to his present predicament and that is not an excuse but a fact. >> reporter: in court, jesse jackson jr. said i did those things. as the judge read the charges. when asked if he was taking medication for his bipolar disorder that affected his judgement, jackson said, no, i have never been more clearer in my
jesse jackson, jr. stole campaign money and blew it on a fur cape, a mounted elk head and a used michael jackson fedora. >> bad decision. >> great decision making on what he bought. >> coming up, we got diane cannon. >> how long do you wait before  >> attention "tmz" viewers do you love "tmz" so much you want to wear it on your body? before you get that painful tattoo, check out the "tmz" store. we've got everything like shirts and hats and beanies and more shirts. got a cold dog, then you're a horrible owner so get him a dog hoodie. love to drink coffee, then pick up a hat. >> want to be like harvey? no. well you can still buy a sippy cup any way. come to "tmz" store.com where our motto is all major credit cards accepted. >> you're looking at the most hated man in u.s. politics. a man who stole almost a million bucks from his campaign and blew it on -- well really cool stuff. jesse jackson, jr. and this video is about to get awesome. >> we got jesse jackson, jr. in d.c. it's the first time since he pled guilty to spending $750,000 on personal stuff. >> a f
tonight about the misfortunes of another prominent politician, former congressman jesse jackson jr. of chicago, who is charged with using campaign funds to finance an appetite for expensive jewelry, furs, and other luxury items. we'll get that story tonight from nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. >> reporter: the day after former congressman jesse jackson jr. was charged with misusing campaign funds, the downfall of the once rising political star has shaken his hometown of chicago. >> i find the level of theft on his part stunning. >> you have to learn from your mistakes. that's all. we'll pray for hill. >> reporter: jackson was charged friday with diverting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal benefit, including $43,000 for a gold plated rolex. nearly $19,000 for michael jackson memorabilia. $10,000 for bruce lee items. $5,100 for fur capes and parkas. and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. >> using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra
former illinois congressman jesse jackson, jr., and his wife. just moments ago, jackson entered a plea of guilty for misusing campaign funds for personal use. our bruce johnson joins us live. >> reporter: jc, we're here even though he's an illinois congressman, the name jesse jackson, the jesse jackson family is quite known in this country, almost royalty in the civil rights movement and in democratic circles. jesse jackson, jr., 47 years old, the disgraced resigned congressman from illinois was here in u.s. district court as you say a short time ago. he arrived with his attorney, entered a guilty plea inside federal court to wire and mail fraud and false statements charges. actually one charge, all of that was wrapped into a conspiracy charge. he's looking at more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000. now, legal experts don't expect him to get that much. they do expect him to do some prison time. you know he was treated for a bipolar disorder. we don't know how that will come into play. the reverend jesse jackson was here along with his wife, jackie, and four of their other s
have new information on jesse jackson, jr.'s crimes and what's likely to happen to him. that's next. you're watching your only local news at 7:00 on wusa9. : jesse, jackson, jr., facing prison time after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds. on his way out of the courthouse, the former congressman spoke with bruce johnson. >> one of the country's best known political names. one of the country's best known civil rights names, but the former illinois congressman, jesse jackson, jr., and his wife, both left u.s. district court today convicted felons. >> just a quick message. not a proud day. i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> i fully understand the consequences of my actions. i have no interest in wasting the taxpayer's time. that's part of what former illinois congressman, jesse jackson, jr., told a judge today. weeping quietly at times, while pleading guilty to one felony conspiracy count. >> jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct and those who were in court so he did precisely that. >> his entire famous family was there. his father, the civil rights icon, his m
of questions to jesse jackson, jr. >> he stole $750,000 of campaign money and blew it on a mounted elk's head and a used fedora. >> he was like the blank check. >> if you could fly a plane with anybody dead or alive, who would it be? >> you want to make it back? >> i didn't say the last flight. >> psycho mike has some advice for the ladies. >> there are three things you can do to make you look hotter to most men. >> taking your birth control. >> no worries now. >> no worries except aids and herpes. >> it's not a kid. >> we got moby. >> when you tour in japan, do you use the bidets? >> why wouldn't they do that here? >> you wouldn't have to go outside and use the hose. >> when are we going to get that bidet? >> hi neighbor. >> it's oscar time which means all the big stars are flocking to hollywood to get free stuff because they are all cheap bastards like jessica alba or perhaps the biggest star of all nominated for best performance by a 42-year-old pretending to be 18 courtney stodden. >> what are you doing? >> i'm here for the oscar sweet giveaway. should be fun. >> we now go to oscar himsel
>> pelley: tonight, a political star falls to earth. jesse jackson, jr., pleads guilty to corruption. dean reynolds on how the congressman looted the funds of his donors. beware the first of march. that's when hundreds of thousands of workers will see their paychecks cut if the president and congress can't make a deal. >> this is one of the least -- or the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> pelley: reports from david martin and chip reid. a bail hearing for olympic runner oscar pistorius turns into a preview of his murder trial. emma hurd on how the defense tried to tear apart the prosecution's case. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. good evening. under the law, donations to a political campaign must be spent on the campaign. but today jesse jackson, jr., pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 of his donors' money on a lavish life-style. federal prosecutors say the looting began seven years ago, nearly half the time jackson has represented his chicago district in congress. jackson pleaded guilty
ay the looting began seven years ago nearly half the time jackson has represented his chicago district in congress. jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements in his campaign finance reports, mail fraud, and wire fraud. jackson's wife pleaded guilty to filing false income tax reports. the former congressman is the son of jesse jackson. he was born in 1965 on the very same month that his fatherd from selma to montgomery with martin luther king, jr. today jackson, jr. told the judge "i have misled the american people." here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: jesse jackson, jr., entered the courthouse quickly and then struggled with his emotions inside as he pleaded guilty to charges he spent campaign funds on himself his family and his house. his wife sandra a former chicago alderman, also pleaded guilty. as he left court, jackson apologized. >> i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> reporter: jackson's lawyer reed weingarten said it was a difficult morning. >> it was a morning that had to come. jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct and those who were in co
. >>> and jesse jackson junior in really big trouble tonight accused of spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on his own personal stuff. wait until you hear what hey anon!! i'm b,e lk ath taste... i d urax. i thghyowe aaxxpt? majotastesdvti foprars toy,'m mteplbe withnoaxxpiee necear" aturta y oy taner frompa e otaatrns- l alaxxpts ..hah&blk or a alotr jotastes >>> prosecutors say they will likely charge a woman in connection with the murder of an elderly man in alexandria. the 45-year-old marie johnson and today she went before a judge charged with robbing a man's home back in november. she had been a tenant. johnson is now implicated in the murder of the man, 94-year-old joe wars, a stepson found his body on wednesday. >>> well, prosecutors in south africa are seeking premeditated murder charges against the double amputee sprinter who made headlines. he broke down crying today in court. he's accused of killing his model girlfriend on valentine's day. >>> well, did your mom ever embarrass you in front of your classmates? we're guessing whatever she did, it was not as bad as what this
>> is a difficult night for the jackson family tomorrow botha difficult night for the jackson family. our top story seen around the country tonight. we are outside the jackson home in washington d.c. where they live. it is very quiet out here we are just steps away from the jackson home there is not a light on inside that we can see from the street level here it's because it is a very big day in court for both mr. and mrs. jackson tomorrow they're expected to be in court at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning chicago time. the $750,000 they say he pulled from his campaign account and used for personal expenses spending lavishly on himself as well as personal family members his wife is expected to appear before a judge later. december 12, 1995 it political star was born 18 years later jesse jackson jr. is rising star has fallen it casts shadows on the life of his wife of more than 20 years, cindy jackson. they could send either one of them or both of them to prison. jesse jackson jr. has not been seen publicly for months setting mental illness this roll-callrobotic call was apparently e
capitol hill to the courthouse and maybe to prison jesse jackson jr. is not the first law maker to make this journey but he's the one pleading guilty as we speak. no bail yet for the blade runner but the defense scores points as new details emerge from the death of his model girlfriend. >>> this used to be the place to see and be seen in kansas city. today it is a smoldering ruin and a woman is still unaccounted for. >> we begin at this hour at the d.c. course where jesse jackson jr. son of the civil rights icon former congressman from chicago is pleading guilty to skimming, making shoveling money from his campaign kofers. we're talking $43,000 for a watch, furs and cashmere clothing. two hats worn by michael jackson, almost $10,000 for children's furniture and a football autographed by u.s. presidents. illegally diverted and due to be paid back. that's not all. lisa sylvester is outside the courthouse. we're talking about the possibility of jail time. >> reporter: that's right. in fact, the preceding are still going on as we speak. i just came out minutes ago. they are all inside the c
coalition it's an honor to hold this today and jesse jackson and against violence prevention and that we can represent that well in the season of peace and we bring forward carolyn scott for our opening prayer of this peace hour. >> thank you reverend bryant. bow your heart with me. a discussion on the importance of interface based leadership on the city's violence prevention initiative predict and organize for a safer san francisco is where we're opening up in prayer. iicizea and "it shall come to pass before they call i will answer and yet while they are speaking i will "hear". mayor lee you spoke briefly at the interfaith breakfast and called out for help how do we get to our youth who are disenfranchised and not connected. you asked that you dependd and asked for the help of clergy and the religious community. you said you asked because you and the civic leaders and the departments cannot do it alone. we are here to pray for that reason. you went on to say our future leaders inherit what we do and all that we fail to do. at this breakfast the response from mrs. rita simel of the s
. sound like nickel and diming? it could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. >>> also, jesse jackson jr.'s road from congress to the courthouse. to the possibility of a long stretch in prison. the campaign cash he took and what was bought with. we'll tell you about that shortly. >>> but we begin with a killing that has captivated and confounded millions of people around the world. captivated because of the death of a glamorous model allegedly at perhaps the bravest olympic athlete in modern memory. it could not be more stirring or tragic in and of itself. it's confounding because each day brings more news that doesn't establish in any clear direction whether oscar pistorius, the blade return, shot reeva steenkamp dead after a loud, long argument or whether it was a horrific accident. tonight, for the first time anywhere, the victim's brother, adam, says that he and the family are no less confounded, no less torn. our conversation just ahead. first, pretoria, south africa, and day two of a bail hearing that's playing out more like a complete trial. robyn curnow reports. >> reporter: a po
>>> holding back tears. former congressman jesse jackson, jr., admits to stealing campaign funds. >> the prison time jackson and his wife now face. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >> several years in prison. that's the sentence illinois congressman jesse jackson, jr., is facing after admitting in court, he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from washington. >> reporter: jesse jackson, jr., wiped tears from his eyes as the judge read charges against him. the former congressman admitted to spending more than $700,000 in campaign cash on personal items and said he misled the american people. >> jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct, and those who were in court saw that he did precisely that. >> reporter: jackson spent $43,000 on a rolex watch, $9,000 on furniture. and more than 5,000 on expensive clothes. his wife sandra was also in court wednesday, facing her own charge of filing false income tax returns. j
. >>> former congressman jesse jackson, junior pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds. jackson and his wife are if federal court in washington dc. jackson was charged with misusing more than $750,000 in those funds. prosecutors said he used the money for personal expenses and lavish gifts including a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson's wife, former chicago city council sandi jackson is going to plead guilty to filing false tax returns. >>> in 10 days $75 billion in cuts is set to take effect. the president is issuing a stern warning to congress again. real people are going to lose their jobs. congress isn't in session and won't be back until next week. >>> we are waiting to find out who bought a winning mega millions ticket from the gas station in mount erie. state lottery officials say a ticket worth $26 million was sold at a shell station. the cash option is $19 million. here are the winning numbers that were drawn, 1, 15, 19, 30 with the mega ball of 28. >>> it is still shaping up to be a cold day here. lots of clouds around. we saw a few peaks of sunshine earlier this morning. could the weat
>>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. is facing federal charges. how much money prosecutors say he stole from his campaign and what he allegedly used money to buy. >> beyonce's second d.c. show sold out this morning in one minute, why experts say most fans never had a chance to get a ticket. >> later on the news edge dedicated fans camp out for days in the cold wet weather for a pair of shoes, why police want to be there when the shoes go on sale at 11:00. >> keep it right here. fox 5 news at 10:00 is coming right back.  >>> well, i bet you're one of these folks like me, dozens frustrated beyonce fans in the d.c. area tonight, they missed out on tickets to her first july concert. today they missed out on a chance to get tickets on the second july date when the tickets sold out in a matter of seconds. tonight they want to know how is that possible? fox 5's maureen umeh has the story. >> a lot of fans have been sounding off on our facebook and twitter pages calling for an investigation into ticketmaster and other places that sell tickets. they want to know how tickets w
that the intruder was in the home and the killing an accident. >>> wiping aware tears, jesse jackson, jr. pleaded guilty to fraud in a washington courtroom this morning. the former illinois congressman admits that he used more than $750,000 of campaign money for his personal use. >> he had to come to terms for conduct that people who care about him find very hard to understand. >> jackson's wife also pleaded guilty to fraud in a separate hearing. the couple faces several years in prison for spending campaign cash on luxury items including a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson will be sentenced in june. >>> their nightmare voyage could be a ticket to an amazing deal for you. the deep discounts we found and the best chances for you to get nearly 80% off a cruise line vacation. >> a health warning at a north bay high school. the student hospitalized with a potentially deadly contagious infection. [ no microphone ] [ inaudible ] >> wait until you see where this snow was. i'll show you to you coming up. >> and no more heartburn. the revolutionary device that's
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to cuba's small jewish population. >>> former illinois congressman, jesse jackson, jr., could be facing years in prison. danielle nottingham reports. he could get years in prison. >> reporter: former congressman jesse jackson, jr., left a courthouse in washington, after admitting he spent more than $700,000 in campaign funds on permanent items. >> did you say you're sorry you let everybody down? >> i'm sorry i let everyone down. >> reporter: jackson spent $43,000 on a rolex watch. $9,000 on furniture. and more than $5,000 on expensive clothe clothes. his wife sandra was also in court wednesday. facing her own charge of filing false income tax returns. jackson, the son of a civil rights leader, spent 17 years in congress, before taking a leave of absence for bipolar disorder. and then resigning. >> those health issues are directly related to his predicament. that's not an excuse. it's just a fact. >> reporter: jackson made the admission as part of his guilty plea. but the judge said several in times in court, he is not bound by the sentenc
congressman jesse jackson, jr. prosecutors say he spent $750,000 in campaign money on himself.fu including furniture at his home in northwest washington. that's where nancy cordes is tonight. nancy? >> reporter: anthony, according to these court documents00 jackson spent more than $9,000r this on children's furniture for this house using campaign funds, and that that was one of the more mundane purchases. he has been charged with one count of conspiracy, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. prosecutors paint 47-year-old jesse jackson, jr., as a profligate spender who used campaign donations to indulge frivolous and expensive whims. $43,000 on a gold-plated men's a gol rolex watch. $5,000 on fur capes and parkas. and a long list of bruce lee and michael jackson memorabilia, including a $4,000 guitar and a $4,600 fedora. prosecutors say tens of thousands more went to pay down personal credit cards. jackson, jr., came to congress pe in 1995, the promising and personable son of a civil rights leader, the reverend jesse jackson. last summer, the congressman disappeared for a month
congressman jesse jackson jr. that could put him behind bars. please guilty to misusing campaign funds for nearly three months the rev. jesse jackson mob during an appearance today a brush of questions about that report the deal between his son and the fed's they will have to wait for the appropriate time he said they say that they haven't heard what the details are and they have not asked. i think they note that there are thousands and thousands of people who feel as i have expressed that it is so unfortunate that this scenario has developed. jesse jackson jr. and his wife has been neither seen nor heard from there has been no activity around their home we learned that the couple has been living out of their washington d.c. town house to avoid the crush of chicago media. the jail time is likely under a blind plea agreement that would leave the former congressman's fate in the hands of a federal judge in washington. this is true and if this is what comes on then i think that probably jackson's lawyers have decided who would rather rolled the dice and take a chance with whatever we get
have admired the whole of my professional life, if not my whole life, reverend jackson has been an inspiration to me in everything he has done. i grew up knowing who this man is, and what he represents and the struggles he went through to have a national conversation in every major city and he's going to tell you about other things going on. perhaps even worse than san francisco or oakland or san jose, but i can't rest on the lores that we might be better in employment. we might be better not having that many homicides but we lost a lot of the african-american community in the last 10-20 years. we lost the redevelopment agency that gave a lot of promises. i am trying to keep those promises, but i've got to find more and better ways to interrupt the violence, and i want today to register a personal appeal to our religious leaders to help me do that, find ways. i suspect it's not about money. it's not about numbers of jobs. it's about who we talk about and who we relate to, and how can we penetrate barriers or vacuums where there is no conversations going on? how do we ta
are in custody on unrelated charges. their names not released. >>> former u.s. representative, jesse jackson, jr. and his wife agreed to plead guilty they misused campaign funds. the chicago couple struck a deal today. jackson and his wife, sandra steven jackson admitted they used $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts. jackson resigned from office in november. he is the son of famed civil rights leader jesse jackson. the judge will determine if punishment is expected to be from probation to five years in prison. >>> some u.s. senators are questioning a move to end saturday mail delivery this summer. newmexico senator and 23 others wrote to the postmasterrer general. the postal service may not have the authority to cancel saturday deliver and cuts could cast them more than $5 billion rather than save $2 billion as the agency claims. the senators ask the postal service to work with congress on reforms. >>> a report from jerry brown's office says he allowed parole for more convicted killers than the predecessors. governor brown let stand freeing convicted killers last year and
political and cultural figures; from jesse jackson to prince. her goal, capture a split second that endures through time, revealing personality and passion. >> terry: for me, there's a difference between a photograph and a picture. a photograph is a snap. a picture is something that really says something, that's going to stand the test of time, that people can look at a hundred years from now and learn something from it, or be intrigued by it, or poses more questions, perhaps. i'm terry gydesen, and i'm a freelance documentary photographer. the documentary part for me has always been the most interesting form of photography. i'm not as much of a director, i like to go into a situation of chaos and find the picture. and i don't set things up with any of my work. i've been pretty lucky at finding images that come together, and when it looks right, i push the button. the political work, i've always, i've gone for not necessarily the candidate who's going to win, it's more of the passion. you know, sometimes the underdog, sometimes people that i'm, i completely have opposite views of. i was jus
school. >>> former congressman, jesse jackson, jr., entered a guilty plea, he schemed to pay $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items like cashmere capes. his wife, sandy, also pled guilty to failing to report $600,000 in income between 2005 and 2011. jackson faces 12 years in prison, his wife, three. >> jackson engaged in more than 3100 transactions for their personal gain. it is clear that jesse jackson became convinced that his campaign account could be used to satisfy any personal whim that he had. >> jesse turned the corner there as well, i think there's reason for optimism here, too, he has gotten great treatment, and i think he has gotten arms around the problem. time will tell, but we are optimistic. >> jesse jackson, jr., resigned from congress in november after taking a leave of absence early in the year from being treated for bipolar disorder. >> surveillance cameras captured the deadly blast at a restaurant. a fire ball shoot into the sky before part of the building crumbled. the explosion killed one, left more than a dozen injured. smelled gas throughout the ni
. the charging documents say the items include, $43,000 rolex watch, $23,000 in michael jackson memorabilia, $11,000 in items related to martial arts star, bruce lee. and $5,000 football signed by american presidents. sandy jackson resigned from her post. she was a chicago alderman. resigned last month. today her attorney revealed she will plead guilty to filing false tax returns. that carries maximum penalty of throw years in prison. you may recall this past summer, jesse jackson jr. disappeared from congress for weeks. and his doctor revealed he was being treat ford bipolar disorder. jackson stepped down in know. today he release aid statement apologizing for his actions and mistakes he has made and once he was seen as a rising political star. he has been unable to capitalize on the sharing of a name with his father, civil rights icon jesse jackson. back to you. >>> thank you, wendy. tonight we have learned the fugitive ex-cop accused of killing four people in southern california apparently killed himself. christopher dorner shot himself in the head tuesday night inside a cabin in big bear com
congressman, jesse jackson junior pleads guilty to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash on luxury items. megan has more on the fall of a promising politician. >> reporter: jesse jackson junior was a congressman for 17 years now he faces years behind bars. amid-a crush of people, he emerges from federal court in dc after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy charges. >> sorry i let everybody down. >> reporter: in tears in front of a judge. with his father in the front row he admitted to spending three quarters of a million dollars in campaign funds to finance his lavish lifestyle. he spent $60,000 at restaurants and night clubs, $43,000 on a rolex watch and $14,000 on dry cleaning. >> it is clear he became convinced his campaign account could be used to satisfy any personal whim he had. >> reporter: his wife sandra also pled guilty for filing false tax returns. she failed to report $600,000 in income. he resigned from congress last november. he has been treated at the mayo clinic for bi-polar disorder. >> those health issues are
in that case. >>> an extravagant misuse of money. former chicago area congressman jesse jackson junior pleads guilty to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash on personal luxury items. it's marty's over in the first -- it's meghan mccorkell with the story. >> good morning. jesse jackson, junior was a congressman and now he could face years behind bars. >> jesse jackson junior emerges from federal court in dc. >> i'm sorry. >> after plead ing guilty to federal conspiracy charges. in tears in tonight of the judge jackson admitted to spending 3 quarter s of a million to finance his lavish lifestyle. he spent $60,000 at restaurants and nightclubs $43,000 on a rolex watch. >> it is clear that jesse jackson became convinced that his campaign account could be used to satisfy any personal whim that he had. >> jackson's wife, sandra, also pled guilty for filing false tax returns. she admitted she failed to report $600,000 in income. jesse jackson junior resigned from congress last november. he's been treated at the major clinic for bipolar disorder. >> those health issues are rela
in the wheel of fortune for former congressman jesse jackson jr. pleading guilty to lavish abuse of campaign money and offering a tearful apology to his famous father. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: today, congressman jesse jackson jr. left court in disgrace, breaking months of silence. >> it's not a proud day. i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> reporter: the son of an iconic civil rights leader and one-time presidential candidate had been a rising star. even speaking at the 2008 democratic national convention. but today, jackson was in court weeping as a convicted felon. he turned to his father to say, "i'm sorry." jackson admitted to stealing $750,000 in campaign funds for personal gain. buying michael jackson, jimi hendrix and bruce lee memorabilia. furs, home furnishings, a rolex watch worth $43,000. jackson now faces more than four years in prison, as part of his guilty plea, and likely will serve time. not a future jackson or his father ever expected. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >>> and now, we want you to know about a new consumer alert
>> inside jackson's capitol hill office today it's not the charges its the list could be more embarrassing for an ex congressman his former aldermen wife and one of chicago's once most prominent and influential political families, we knew this day was coming but a deal with prosecutors had been made. what i don't think anybody expected was the enormity ignore some of the bizarreness. the infamous $43,000 gold plated men's rolex but how about the $9,500 worth of children's furniture? or much worse... it looks like the server disliked that story there's a lot more on that list truly interesting items it steven from jesse jackson jr. today accepting full responsibility for what he calls the improper decisions and mistakes i have made a very similar statement from sandy jackson of by her lawyer who told me over the phone this afternoon: others of course calling it an immense blow or we should say another amends blow to the public's faith in their politicians particularly here in the state of illinois. cindy jackson charged with understating six years of the families taxes in what
it turned wrong for jesse jackson junior. today we learned he could spend almost five years in prison. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel joins you live. >> former congressman jesse jackson junior charged with illegally conspiring with his wife to spend $750,000 in campaign funds op personal expences. no plea deal announceed but in a statement, he said, "i offer no excuses for my conduct. i fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and the mistakes i made. prosecutors are expected to recommend a prison sentence of five years and fine of up to $so 0,000. the former rising star of the democratic party and man with huge name i.d. is accused of buying a gold $43,000 rolex watch, fur cape and parka and pem raabilia of famous people. michael jackson, mar tip luther king junior and ma'am control-x. charges are wire and mail fraud. his wife who had her open political career as chicago alderman had reached an agreement with prosecutors after being charged with filing false joint tax returns. sandra jackson served as her husband's campaign manager at different times. she re
story tonight, jesse, jackson, jr., entered a plea today admitting he schemed to spend three quarter of a million dollars of campaign funds on himself. fox 5's bob barnard has more on what federal investigators call one of the worst cases of corruption. >> jesse jackson, jr., the 47- year-old disgraced former illinois congressman, name sake son of the famed civil rights leader, pled guilty in a federal courtroom in washington to participate in a seven-year conspiracy to defraud his political supporters of their campaign contributions. leaving court jackson spoke briefly. >> not a proud day. >> i'm sorry i let everybody down. >> did you say you're sorry? >> he's now facing up to five years in prison. >> the guilty plea today is so tragic because it represents such wasted potential. >> u.s. attorney for the district of columbia, ron, layed out the government's case against jackson and his coconspirator. she is also pled guilty and facing up to three years in prison for failing to report $600,000 in income between 2005 and 2011. >> in all, jesse jackson, jr., and his wife conver
congressman jesse jackson jr. plead guilty to spending his campaign funds on personal items. tom fitzgerald was in d.c. federal court for the hearing and joins us with the latest. tom. >> reporter: the former congressman faces tonight four to five years in prison after a plea agreement that he made with federal prosecutors on corruption charges and he admitted he used campaign funds to fund what is described as a luxury lifestyle. jesse jackson jr. arrived here at the federal courthouse about 9:00 a.m. and it's one of the first sightings of thing canman since he abruptly disappeared from congress and later resigned his seat last year and in court, prosecutors laid out what was a campaign of using the funds for his own personal lifestyle, which is against federal law. and later, his attorney came out and told reporters that jackson's treatment for a bipolar disorder will be a part presentation when they go before the judge for sentenceing in a few weeks. >> jesse has serious health issues. many of you know about them and we're going talk about them extensively with the court. those health is
jackson, jr., now faces several years in prison, after admitting in court that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from washington. >> reporter: jesse jackson, jr., wiped tears from his eye, as the judge read charges against him. the former congressman admitted to spending more than $700,000 in campaign cash on personal items and said he misled the american people. >> jesse needed to come to terms with his misconduct. and those who were in court saw that he did precisely that. >> reporter: jackson spent $43,000 a rolex watch. $9,000 on furniture. and more than $5,000 on expensive clothes. his wife sandra was also in court wednesday, facing her own charge of filing false income tax returns. jackson, the son of the civil rights leader, spent 17 years in congress before taking a leave of absence for bipolar disorder, and then resigning. >> those health issues are directly related to his present predicament. that's not an excuse. that's just a fact. >> reporter: jackson
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